Clin­ics to pro­vide ma­ter­nity ser­vices

De­cem­ber 1988

Bray People - - NEWS -

MA­TER­NITY ser­vices will in fu­ture be avail­able in health clin­ics from Ark­low to Bally­brack to sub­sti­tute for the re­moval of the fa­cil­i­ties from St Colm­cille’s Hos­pi­tal, Lough­lin­stown.

All the pre-natal and post natal ser­vices will be avail­able at th­ese cen­tres and will be ser­viced by con­sul­tant staff, ac­cord­ing to the Chair­man of the Lo­cal Health Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, Dr Ray Hawkins.

He told a meet­ing last week that the clin­ics would cater for peo­ple who pre­vi­ously opted for St Colm­cille’s and Holles Street hos­pi­tals. It would be mon­i­tored and may be ex­tended. But Deputy Liam Ka­vanagh crit­i­cised the re­moval or ser­vices from Lough­lin­stown and said that peo­ple from all over the county, par­tic­u­larly Ark­low were not sat­is­fied with the change.

How­ever, Dr Hawkins said that ac­cord­ing to the board it would be very ex­pen­sive to up­date the natal care at Lough­lin­stown to a stan­dard ex­pected in mod­ern medicine.

‘ The num­ber of de­liv­er­ies re­quired to up­date the ser­vice is 5,000 and the fig­ures for Lough­lin­stown do not meet the tar­get. In fact, Holles Street, Ro­tunda and the Coombe barely come within that fig­ure,’ he said.

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